On the world’s rivers, travellers bend and wind through historic and dramatic landscapes reminiscent of impressionist paintings depicting vineyards, castles atop hills and medieval villages from the days of yore. And while river cruisers can enjoy access to thriving cities like Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam and Prague (to name a few) byway of the continent’s waterways, they also have the opportunity to step back into history and experience lesser-known towns and hidden landmarks that time – and most travellers – have passed by.
With so much waiting to be explored, it can be hard deciding where to start. These are some of our favourite, off-the-beaten-path places and experience you can find along Europe’s Rivers.
Wine abounds throughout France, however, it’s not every day that you get a chance to sample Chardonnay in the salubrious grounds of a 12th-century castle above the Rhone River!
Is there anything better than ending a day of cruising by Southern French villages and chateaus than with a picnic in the lavender fields near the famous Madame Sevigne Chateau Grignan? We’ll wait for you to dare tell us no
The only place in the world where can you explore Monet’s home and garden (with its famous water lily pond), hike up to Richard the Lionheart’s Castle, admire a countryside donning historic thatched roofs and walk through World War II history on landmark beaches.
A walk through the city of Regensburg will take a visitor to bygone centuries. The Porta Praetoria, the original Roman Gate, the Old Stone Bridge, the Gothic Cathedral and the house of Oskar Schindler. One thing is for sure; this is a very special place!
Roth is Germany’s best-preserved, walled medieval town – it’s an absolute must-see! Here, travellers can stroll through cobblestone streets and around every corner, they will enjoy a picturesque view.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
If you have read the Grimm Brothers Fairytales, you have already been to Cesky Krumlov in your childhood dreams. Time has stopped in this town, where colourful buildings stand tall, cobblestone streets are small and crooked and the bridges are timelessly romantic.
Rudesheim is truly a special place! The townspeople are one-of-a-kind and the views of the Rhine here are incredible!
Les Andelys, France
This is a place where time has stopped and history has remained intact.
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